Sinking the ABS-CBN franchise was just stage one in the House’s war against the Lopezes.
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Stage two is dispossessing the family of their ABS-CBN headquarters at the Mother Ignacia and JUSMAG (Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group) lots in Quezon City.
“‘Yung titulo nila (Lopezes) hindi naman totoo, pwede natin sila i-eject doon,” said Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta a week after he and other House leaders successfully blocked ABS-CBN’s bid to go back on air.
Marcoleta gloated that BS-CBN officials had no reply when confronted with their lack of documents to prove their ownership of the sprawling ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.
“Kahit isang salita, natameme sa titulo. Banat na lng ng banat, hanap ng butas, pero titulo nila ayaw magsalaita kahit isang letra,” said Marcoleta.
Marcoleta said ABS-CBN failed to show the original copy of its title to the property. He said what ABS-CBN showed to Congress during the committee hearing was a title to 42 square meters lot which could not cover for the 44,000-square meter lot that their buildings and transmitters were standing on.
“May nakanota na for reconstitution. Ibig mong sabihin, since December 26, 1967, ‘di pa na-reconstitute titulo? Conclusion lang dito, pinagawa vlang sa Claro M. Recto ito,” said Marcoleta.
Marcoleta said the government could evict the Lopezes out of the bproperty to facilitate the takeover of ABS-CBN’s assets by its workers.
Cavite Rep. Boying Remulla said the government should also wrest control of the JUSMAG property where the ABS-CBN Foundation building was located.
“Bakit nila hawak ang JUSMAG compound? Anong basis noon? Dapat sa bgobyerno yan,” said Remulla.